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Publish Date: 09/15/98
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Minority Women Still Needed for Study

Cincinnati--The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) research study needs more postmenopausal minority women from age 50 to 79 to participate in an observational group, which will help doctors learn more about the effects of aging in women. The WHI is part of an eleven-year commitment, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to advance biomedical research on chronic diseases that affect women.

Volunteers in the observational group need only to come to the University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center to fill out a detailed questionnaire about diet, health, and family health history, and return for a follow-up visit three years later. Recruitment for this part of the study will remain open through October 31.

"The WHI clinical trials are studying the benefit and risk of dietary modification, hormone replacement therapy, and the use of calcium and Vitamin D supplements on postmenopausal women's health," explains James Liu, MD, director of UC's Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and principal investigator for the study. "We are collecting the best medical data on women's health ever compiled. The WHI study will provide the participants' daughters and granddaughters with information they can use to prevent or reduce their risks of heart attack, cancer, or osteoporosis with diet, exercise, and/or hormone replacement therapy."

Liu says, "Determining what reduces heart disease in postmenopausal women is one of the goals of the WHI because heart disease is the number one killer of American women. Among those who die of heart disease, 90 percent are postmenopausal."

"This national study gives women the chance to contribute information to future generations about the diseases that affect women as they age," says Kathy Hrovat, research dietitian and spokesperson for UC's WHI. The study tracks participants to see how hormonal changes may affect a postmenopausal woman's risk of heart disease, cancer, and bone degeneration and mortality.

All interested African-American, Asian, or Hispanic women between 50 and 79 are encouraged to call the WHI before October 31. UC Medical Center is the WHI research headquarters for southwest and south central Ohio, southeast Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia. UC has already enrolled more than 3,600 women in the WHI, and needs 200 more minorities to be represented in the study.

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